Get Organized with Emacs Org-mode

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Use Emacs to create a flexible plain-text organizer and personal productivity system.
Exporting and Publishing

Org-mode files are readable, and you can copy and paste the text directly from the Org file into e-mail messages or other documents. You also can export from Org-mode to other file formats. To export an Org file to a formatted ASCII text file with a contents page and automatically numbered headings, use the command M-x org-export-as-ascii. Org-mode generates a file with the same name as the Org file, but with a .txt extension. To export as HTML, use the command M-x org-export-as-html, and Org-mode creates a file with a .html extension. The HTML version will have a hyperlinked contents page, numbered headings, formatted tables, hyperlinks and images, if any (Figure 14).

Figure 14. Org File Exported to HTML Format

Conclusion

I have covered only some of the features Org-mode offers using a single Org file as an example, but there is more to Org-mode. You can maintain multiple Org files and generate agenda views or to-do lists across Org files. Entries can be archived. Org-mode also includes a publishing system to generate a set of interlinked HTML files automatically and upload them to a server. Much of Org-mode's behavior can be customized. Org-mode builds on top of Emacs' core features. It also provides hooks to interact with other Emacs modes and packages. It also can be used to implement David Allen's “Getting Things Done” method for personal productivity (see Resources). I find Org-mode invaluable for taking notes, planning projects, tracking tasks and organizing ideas.

Using only plain-text for writing, organizing, planning, and scheduling may appear to be a quixotic goal. Org-mode meets the challenge and delivers a practical, intuitive, and elegant solution.

Abhijeet Chavan is the Chief Technology Officer of Urban Insight, an Internet consulting firm (urbaninsight.com). He also is the cofounder and co-editor of Planetizen (planetizen.com). He wrote this article using Org-mode.

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I have been nurturing an

sasima's picture

I have been nurturing an ambition to be a freelance writer for quite few years and also looking for suitable software for the purpose, but haven't gotten any. It seems to me that my searching stopped with Emacs that versatile toolbox for working with text. Though I haven't tried yet, but I hope it would meet my requirement.Solid Wood Computer Desks

Hi, org-mode is included with

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Hi,

org-mode is included with emacs 22.1.1 for windows, but has to be activated. You'll find the org-mode manual including installation howto following these steps: emacs -> help -> more manuals -> all other manuals -> (Org Mode) node of the info tree.

Tks a lot

Anonymous's picture

I started learning Emacs just to use org-mode and your tutorial is the first I read, thanks a lot, I'm sure I'll use org mode, goodbye strange and uncompatible software, hello pure text. Tks a lot.
João Brito

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timestamp insertion

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Timestamp insertion is done with "C-c .", not just "C-c".

Is this possible in windows

Mridul's picture

I downloaded GNU Emacs 22.1.1 binary for windows but i could not see "Org-mode" included . So it there any method I can install Org-mode in windows

Hi Mridul, just close Emacs,

Anonymous's picture

Hi Mridul,

just close Emacs, download the zipped archive from http://orgmode.org/index1.html, extract it and open the new folder. Then copy the files contained in its subfolder "lisp" into the "lisp" subfolder of your Emacs installation.

Follow the instructions at http://orgmode.org/manual/Activation.html - and start Emacs. Good luck, it worked for me... ;)

Martin

Create new org file

Anonymous's picture

Create new org file ('test.org' for example) and open it. You will be in org mode automatically...

Hi, org-mode is included with

Anonymous's picture

Hi,

org-mode is included with emacs 22.1.1 for windows, but has to be activated. You'll find the org-mode manual including installation howto following these steps: emacs -> help -> more manuals -> all other manuals -> (Org Mode) node of the info tree.